Executive Master of Business Administration (Part Time) - MBA

Part Time
September 2016
£6,500 per year for UK/EU Part Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Our Executive MBA is a chance for you to accelerate your career and build your development towards higher positions of responsibility. 

Whether this is with your current workplace, or with a new opportunity, our programme will provide a thorough look at different aspects of management, decision-making, strategy and organisational improvement. It is delivered on a part-time basis so that you can continue with your career as you add to your knowledge, competence and credibility.

Encouraging you to draw from your own managerial experiences, it’s a chance for you to study in a way that best suits you, with successful graduates moving on to work in senior positions across many sectors, and as business and management consultants.

What's covered in the course?

Our Executive MBA helps bring business theory to life, offering a thorough study of business and management, and investigating the key aspects of management practice. This is a chance for you to self-manage your learning, developing your leadership abilities by drawing on the knowledge and skills you’ve gained in real-life situations.

Our course offers invaluable business insight combined with national and international consultancy, which are key points when it comes to rising up the career ladder, and developing as a manager and leader. If you are considering studying to improve job opportunities, broaden your horizons or for personal development, our course is directed at giving you improved influence and self-confidence, helping you sharpen your skills.

We ensure the course remains relevant and cutting-edge in its delivery and content. We provide a hands-on development programme which will support your ambitions, and you will be supported throughout by academic staff with a wealth of industry experience.

There are also plenty of networking opportunities available with course colleagues, allowing you to keep in contact with the postgraduate community created in Birmingham City Business School. You will also have the chance to travel overseas, to undertake a live consultancy project. 

Why Choose Us?

  • You will have the opportunity to collaboratively conduct international and national consultancy projects with live customers.
  • With our excellent industry links and practice-based approach, Birmingham City Business School is ideally situated to help you collaboratively develop skills throughout your MBA and beyond.
  • Undertake your studies in our newest development, the state-of-the-art Curzon Building, located on our City Centre Campus.
  • The course is designed for managers returning to education, with an exit route at the Certificate and Diploma stages offered.
  • It is also a means to progress to doctoral study, with both PhD and DBA courses offered by Birmingham City Business School.
  • The part-time nature of the course ensures you can work in your own time, without having to sacrificing work and personal commitments.
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • JEAD Management Consulting Limited

And in jobs such as:

  • Management Consultant

Live consultancy project

There is an opportunity to undertake the live consultancy project in Chicago or Southern California. Please contact us for further information.

Entry Requirements

UK students

A degree or equivalent qualification.

If you do not have a degree you could still be considered through our APEL procedure which looks for evidence of being able to benefit from, and succeed on the programme through your management experience.

You should also occupy (or have occupied) a position of management responsibility for a minimum of two years.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MBA Sep 2016 PT 2 years £6,500 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Stage 1: PG Certificate in Management

This stage covers the functional areas of management and the skills required in today’s dynamic business world. These are the basis of progression into the next two stages. There are four modules in this stage which are Managing People and Organisations, Managing Marketing, Managing Financial Performance and Managing Business Processes.

Managing Marketing
15 credits
Managing Financial Performance
15 credits
Managing People and Organisations
15 credits
Managing Business Processes
15 credits

Stage 2: PG Diploma in Management Studies

The modules here focus on strategic issues, investigating management and how to lead and manage change. This builds on the first stage and takes you to the position of being able to complete the final stage for your MBA. There are four modules in this stage which are Thinking and Managing Strategically, Leading and Managing Change, National Consultancy Project and Contemporary Issues – Research Journal.

Thinking and Managing Strategically
15 credits
Contemporary Issues - Research Journal
15 credits
Leading and Managing Change
15 credits
National Consultancy Project
15 credits

Stage 3: MBA

This final stage in the progressive programme is focused on demonstrating application of your knowledge and skills. There are three modules in this stage which are Exploring Organisational Performance, International Consultancy Project and Management Research Project.

The International Consultancy Project will involve overseas travel, for which limited expense funding up to £500 will be made available from the course fees. You will undertake an international consultancy project for a chosen organisation, gaining good understanding, awareness and creating positive solutions. 

Exploring Organisational Performance
15 credits
International Consultancy Project
15 credits
Management Research Project
30 credits

How You Learn

We ensure the course is flexible enough to substantially fit around work. Modules are a mixture of classroom and blended online learning, with the whole course being practice-based. Classroom attendance is scheduled for one afternoon per week, currently taking place on a Monday, which runs into the evening, allowing it to fit with work and personal commitments.

Businesses change and grow in order to keep ahead in the competitive global environment. In this course, you’ll look at the successful management of change, analysing the process within organisations.

Throughout the course, you will gain a wealth of intellectual skills as well as management knowhow, both essential when it comes to effective management roles. Initially, you will be given a detailed introduction to the study of business, getting to grips with the methods needed to be a successful manager.

As you progress, you will gain a higher level of understanding and awareness, and you will be able to apply strategic planning and decision-making to improve different organisations. You will explore the management of people, whether they be customers, competitors or employees, all within the context of the international business environment.

Further Study

Possibilities for further study with Birmingham City Business School include MPhil, DBA and PhD options.

Live consultancy project

There is an opportunity to undertake the live consultancy project in Chicago or Southern California. Please contact us for further information.

MBA Employability 350x263 - Business men and women sat around a table Enhance your managerial career

Unlike undergraduate degrees, which are designed to get students into industry, our MBA degrees are aimed at existing industry professionals looking to climb further up the career ladder.

Companies around the world are now looking for a different kind of manager. They need people with different skillsets that can look at situations and opportunities in
unique ways. Our MBA degrees will give you the tools to stand out from the rest.

Upon completion, you will be able to effect positive change, both in your own professional practice, and within your organisation. On a personal level, you’ll be able to utilise new skills and methods to improve your efficiency, your critical engagement, and your ability to instigate change.

Successful improvements in your personal professional practice will then benefit your organisation. The MBA degree alone can open doors, but the possibilities opened to you by utilising your skills to improve your organisation are even more impressive.

Already a managing director, in charge of your own company? The MBA degree can still benefit you internally and externally. The knowledge and skills you will pick up over the course of your degree can allow you to become an industry leader, growing your company’s reputation through innovation. The accompanying benefits of this could help cement your company’s industry position for years to come.

If you want to learn more about how an MBA degree from Birmingham City Business School could help improve your career prospects, contact Tony Birch


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

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Dr Martin Eley

Associate Professor

Martin’s previous roles include Director of Marketing for Zurich International Solutions Europe and Director of Investment Business for Centrica, Financial Services (British Gas, Goldfish and AA). He has delivered consultancy across multiple sectors where clients have included Aviva Investors (Global), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Ford Europe and many more.

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Anne-Marie McTavish

Head of Department, Management, HR & Enterprise

Anne-Marie McTavish is a leading expert in Location Independent Working and Technology Enhanced Flexible Working. She leads the Department of Management, HR and Enterprise within Birmingham City Business School.

Dr Steve McCabe

Director of Research Degrees

Having graduated from the University of Manchester in 1984 with a degree in management, Dr McCabe spent time in industry as a management trainee before commencing an EPSRC research-sponsored MSc in Management at Birmingham University in 1988.

Since 1989 he has been employed at Birmingham City University as a management lecturer (teaching general and human resources, as well as strategy and operations but with a special emphasis on TQM, improvement techniques and benchmarking).

As well as teaching, Steven  is an active researcher and completed a Ph.D on a part-time basis at the University of Birmingham which explored the use of quality management techniques. He has written extensively on the subject of management and quality and has produced numerous papers, chapters for books and three books (see publications tab). He is currently working with Professor John Sparrow on a HEIF project (‘Development of value-adding business support need diagnostic: Timeliness and focus of business/management business development support’) which is exploring the way in which small and medium-sized businesses make key decisions about future direction (strategy). In particular the research aims to identify the nature of factors that contribute to what are known as ‘tipping points’.

Read Dr McCabe's blog posts on Views@BCU

Dr Martyn Brown

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies and Coordinating Director of Post Graduate Framework Degrees

Dr Martyn Brown has a background in engineering but also spent four years as a professional musician. He has worked in engineering consultancy and events management in the voluntary sector and has carried out marketing consultancy on the West Bank. He holds an MBA from Aston University and a PhD examining the rise in interest in spirituality in the workplace. 

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Dr Vikram Finavker

Lecturer in Finance

Dr Vikram Finavker is a Lecturer in Finance at Birmingham City Business School. Vikram holds a PhD in Finance from Middlesex University. Prior to joining Birmingham City University Business School, Vikram worked at Nottingham University, Coventry University College and Middlesex University.

Vikram also holds a master's degree in Research Methods for Business and Management and Banking and Finance.

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